What will happen if you pray: Lord, Surprise me?

Looking at ways to interact with God

I’ve been circling and circling. Not turning around and getting dizzy but circling my prayers. Letting them go round and round in my head and in my journal. As I continue the study Draw the Circle – The 40 Day Prayer Challenge, by Mark Batterson, I feel closer and closer to God. I see things I have never seen before.

On Day 16 I prayed this prayer: Lord, Surprise Me!

circling my prayers

I prayed that prayer and in the middle of the night the power went off. It stayed off until 9:30 am. We didn’t know how long it would be off but we used our generator for some of the time. But as I sat to read my Bible, I saw the prayer I had prayed the day before: Lord, Surprise me! And He certainly did. That brought laughter out loud.

Today I had prayed the same prayer, circling my prayers once again. And out of the blue, a friend from very far away doing a long 7000 km trip, whom I have met only a few times, emailed to say they were in our town and could they come for a coffee. Of course, I said yes and have been smiling ever since waiting to see her.

I have learned to pray bold prayers.

I used to pray, “whatever is in Your will, Lord”. But although I still do that, I have started to pray my dreams and hopes.

I love this quote from Mark Batterson as he looked at the scriptures about the men who broke through the roof to lower down someone to Jesus who needed healing and Zacchaeus climbing the tree to see Jesus:

God is still honoring spiritual desperadoes who crash parties and climb trees. (tweet this)

circling our prayers

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circling our prayers

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Bold prayers honour God and God honours bold prayers. (tweet this)

 

If I think something looks impossible, it probably is if I do by myself. But NOTHING is impossible with God. So I pray that prayer and wait for His surprise.

How I Am Circling My Prayers:

And I have learned to pray consistently, even at the same time every morning.

Colossians 4:2 says:

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

circling our prayers

I have seen those divine appointments and been able to thank God for them.

For instance: When He brings me into contact with those He wants me to meet. When He makes me aware of something that will bless someone else. When He opens doors that I didn’t know how to open. This is God at work. Now I see it and thank Him.

Cornelius had a vision and as The Message translation says: an angel of God, as real as his next-door neighbour came in and said, “Cornelius”. This led to his meeting with Peter, which in turn led Peter to say:

“I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right.”

I’ve even had a spiritual dream.

I don’t have those often but I had another one lately. I am still praying over it but it’s awesome to hear God through my dreams.

I think all of this has to do with our willingness to hear from Him; our willingness to talk to Him; and our willingness to act when He says act.

Mark Batterson says:

If we are going to experience a miracle one day, we need to pray every day.

My prayer is exactly that! Will you join me in believing that – in praying every day.

May I pray for you and me?

Lord Jesus, we are so grateful for the privilege of prayer. Such a mind-boggling idea that brings us closer to the Father. We pray You continue to teach us, guide us and yes even speak to us. We pray for the ability to listen carefully to your message. In Jesus’ name Amen.

Until next time, please come and join me on my Facebook Group: Growing Through God’s Word. In this group we learn more and more about what Scripture is speaking about. And be sure to add daily Bible reading to your day.

 

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